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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 273 The event also acknowledged that the 1916 provincial referendum and passage of the April 5, 1917 amendment to the Provincial Elections Act did not confirm voting rights for all, and that it was not until 1960 that First Nations people were granted full rights to vote in federal elections. It was particularly moving to listen to Attorney General Wilson-Raybould as she reflected on the fact that the achievements and opportunities she has earned today were still not possible a century ago. It is a poignant reminder that our work in improving justice and rights continues. Once again, thanks are owed to the Law Courts, and particularly Frank Kraemer, Q.C., for providing such a welcoming environment for celebrating this important milestone, as well as to Equal Voice BC for its support of the event and for increasing women’s representation among elected officials. Founded in 2001, Equal Voice brings women and men together from across the political spectrum in its nine chapters across the country. Equal Voice regards the equal representation of women in Canada’s Parliament, in our provincial/territorial legislatures and on municipal and band councils as a fundamental question of fairness for women in terms of their access to Canada’s democratic institutions. As part of the legacy we were there to celebrate, and in recognition of Canada’s sesquicentennial, Equal Voice is bringing together young women representing each of the federal ridings as part of a conference called


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